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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Bates and surrounding counties until 10pm

Weather for Bates Co.... The National Weather Service in Pleasant Hill has issued a * Severe Thunderstorm Warning for... Southeastern Linn County in east central Kansas... Cass County in west central Missouri... Western Henry County in west central Missouri... Bates County in west central Missouri... Southwestern Lafayette County in west central Missouri... Jackson County in west central Missouri... Western Johnson County in west central Missouri... * Until 1000 PM CDT. * At 921 PM CDT, severe thunderstorms were located along a line extending from near Raytown to 8 miles southeast of Drexel to near Prescott, moving east at 55 mph. This is a dangerous line of storms with potential for embedded tornadoes and 70 mph winds. HAZARD...70 mph wind gusts. SOURCE...Radar indicated. IMPACT...Expect considerable tree damage. 

Damage is likely to mobile homes, roofs, and outbuildings. * Locations impacted include... Kansas City, Independence, Lee`s Summit, Blue Springs, Leawood, Raytown, Grandview, Belton, Prairie Village, Raymore, Grain Valley, Harrisonville, Clinton, Pleasant Hill, Oak Grove, Odessa, Greenwood, Lexington, Peculiar and Butler. This includes the following highways... Interstate 70 in Missouri between mile markers 6 and 48. Interstate 470 between mile markers 0 and 16. Interstate 435 between mile markers 61 and 75. A Tornado Watch remains in effect until 100 AM CDT for northeastern and east central Kansas...and west central Missouri. TORNADO...POSSIBLE HAIL...<.75IN WIND...70MPH

Butler Saddle Club seeking Rodeo Royalty Candidates for 2018

Police chase ends in Barton County

On 4-18-2018 The Barton County Sheriff’s Office was contacted by the Crawford County Sheriff's Office stating that they had a vehicle pursuit heading towards our county. The chase of the vehicle stopped in a wooded area north of Liberal. 

The vehicle had left the road way and drove into the trees where the driver exited the vehicle and was on foot. Deputy Kirby and Lamar Officer Toby Luce with his K-9 Hondo assisted Crawford County just west of the intersection of NW 120th lane and NW 60th road. 

When Lamar City Officer Toby Luce and K-9 Hondo arrived on scene they immediately went to tracking the suspect from the vehicle. 

Dylan Freeze, age 24, of Liberal was located lying in the brush near a pond. Freeze was taken into custody and was transported to the Barton County Jail.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

New Sex Offender Registered in Bates County

Paul James Shearer
The Bates County Sheriff's Assistant registered a sex offender who just moved to Bates County. His information is listed below:

Paul James Shearer
DOB: 12/15/1976
Address: 6894 NE County Road 1003 in Butler.

Shearer was convicted of Forcible Rape in 1995 and of Aggravated Indecent Solicitation with a child in 2005

Bates County Coroner Activity Report for the period April 1-30, 2018:

Bates County Coroner Activity Report for the period April 1-30, 2018:

• 10 Nursing Home/Hospice type deaths were reported for the period. Two were reviewed by medical record for possible injury involvement per protocol.

• On April 4, 2018 at approximately 09:00 the Bates County Coroner’s Office participated in the mock accident/fatality demonstration at Butler High School. Coroner Mullinax was out of the county for annual state coroner training conference. Deputy Coroner Mark Goebel responded and participated in the demonstration.

• On April 10, 2018 at approximately 12:32 the Coroner was called to a motor vehicle accident on East MO 52. Brad Colin was pronounced by Coroner Greg Mullinax at 12:48 with death being accidental in manner.

• On April 19, 2018 at approximately 19:45 the Coroner responded to Bates County Memorial Hospital Emergency Department per protocol. A 63 year-old male was pronounced by ER personnel with death due to natural causes.

• On April 24, 2018 at approximately 12:15 the Coroner was called to a residence on East 2nd Street, Adrian. Charles Grosshart was pronounced by Coroner Greg Mullinax with death due to natural causes.

Damaging Storms Possible Tonight

Correction to graphic: Yellow box should correspond to yellow shading in map.

Severe storms are expected across eastern Kansas and much of Missouri by tonight.Primary threats will be damaging winds, but large hail and a few tornadoes are also possible. Storms are expected to move into northwest Missouri between 4-6 pm and work south with time. 

The KC metro should see storms between 7-9 pm. Any tornado that develops this evening and tonight will likely develop quickly and with little advanced warning. Please stay weather aware later today and tonight!

Update: One arrested after drug raid in Vernon County

A Nevada, Mo resident has been charged after a Sheriff’s Office raid on a home Tuesday afternoon, recovering suspected methamphetamine's and drug paraphernalia. 

Vernon County Sheriff Jason Mosher said one person was taken into custody after his office served a search warrant at a residence on 1200 Rd southwest of Nevada as part of an ongoing investigation. Mosher said the suspect has been identified as 19-year-old John H Chappell. 

Charges were issued early Wednesday charging Chappell with Possession of a Controlled Substance (D Felony). Chappell is being held in the Vernon County Jail on a bond of $10,000 cash only.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

From the Nevada Police Department

Search warrant served in Adrian

The Bates County Sheriff's Office along with Adrian Police Department conducted a narcotics search warrant at a house located on west 5th Street in Adrian this morning.

Sheriff Anderson advised that more information would be available on this incident tomorrow. 

Mid America Live News will update when that information is made available to us.

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Obituary - John Jacob Itinger

John Jacob Itinger, age 76 of rural Clinton, passed away Saturday, April 28, 2018 at his home. John is survived by his wife Sandra of the home.

Condolences and fond memories can be left online at

Arrangements have been entrusted to Vansant-Mills Funeral Home, Clinton, Missouri.

Butler man arrested after traffic stop

Joshua L. Hawkins
On 4/30/18 around 3:21pm the Bates County Sheriff's Office arrested 32 year old Joshua L. Hawkins of Butler, Missouri after a traffic stop in Butler.

Mr. Hawkins was arrested for 1.) Possession of a Controlled Substance 2.) Unlawful use of drug paraphernalia 3.) Possession of Marijuana/Synthetic Cannabis under 10 grams or less.

He was booked into the Bates County Jail in Butler and Placed on a $10,000 cash surety bond on all three charges.

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Disclaimer: Arrest records are public information. Any indication of an arrest does not mean the individual identified has been convicted of a crime. All persons arrested are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

May 19-25 Is National Safe Boating Week

EMPHASIS: May 19-25 Is National Safe Boating Week
Colonel Sandra K. Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, would like to make the public aware of National Safe Boating Week, which takes place May 19-25, 2018. National Safe Boating Week is purposefully scheduled just prior to Memorial Day weekend, which many people consider the kickoff to the boating season. 

Boaters are encouraged to arrange for a thorough inspection of their boat prior to taking it out on the water this boating season. Weather, time, and other elements may affect the readiness of your boat. The Patrol’s marine operations troopers are available to inspect the required equipment on your boat, at your request, to make sure you’re in compliance with state law. To help facilitate these inspections, marine operations troopers will be at the following boat equipment inspections stations:

TROOP A -- Saturday, May 19, 2018
Smithville Lake - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Camp Branch Marina
17201 Paradesian Street, Smithville, MO

Truman Lake - 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
(with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)
Shawnee Bend Boat Ramp
Golf Road, Warsaw, MO

TROOP B -- Saturday, May 19, 2018
Mark Twain Lake - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Ray Behrens Boat Ramp
20642 Highway J, Monroe City, MO

Long Branch Lake - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Long Branch Lake Marina
29154 Marina Road, Macon, MO

LaGrange Riverfront Boat Ramp -- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Mississippi Boat Ramp
Washington Street at the Mississippi River, LaGrange, MO

TROOP D - 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018
Table Rock Lake
Table Rock State Park Marina public boat ramp
South of Table Rock Dam on Missouri Highway 165

Stockton Lake
Mutton Creek Cove
Missouri Route Y two miles east of Arcola, MO

Pomme de Terre Lake
Nemo Marina Cove
Missouri Highway 64, Pittsburg, MO

TROOP E -- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018
Wappapello Lake
Redman Recreational Boat Ramp
Missouri Route T, Wappapello, MO

Current River
Doniphan City Boat Ramp
Jefferson Street, Doniphan, MO

TROOP F -- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, May 19, 2018
Gravois Arm Lake of the Ozarks
Coffman Conservation Access at 2.60-mile marker
From Eldon, MO: Missouri Route Y, Lake Road Y-20 and follow signs

5-65 Marina
Standing Rock Cove at 32-mile marker Lake of the Ozarks
680 Marina Road, Camdenton, MO

TROOP G -- 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., May 19, 2018
Bull Shoals Lake
Theodosia Marina
509 L.B. Cook Memorial Drive, Theodosia, MO

Current River
Van Buren River Front Boat Ramp
509 Main Street, Van Buren, MO

TROOP H -- 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018
French Bottoms' Boat Ramp
1502 McArthur Drive, St. Joseph, MO
(near St. Jo Frontier Casino)

TROOP I -- 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 19, 2018
Meramec State Park Boat Ramp (Meramec River)
Missouri Highway 185, south of Sullivan, MO

Additional information on local equipment inspection stations may be obtained from your local troop headquarters.

In addition to making sure your boat equipment is in compliance with state law, make sure you are familiar with laws regarding boat operation and traditional navigational rules. Remember: Missouri law requires everyone born after January 1, 1984, who operates a vessel on Missouri lakes to possess an approved boating safety identification card and photo ID. In 2017, there were 169 boating accidents reported in Missouri, with 90 injuries, and 11 fatalities. When boaters understand and obey the law, and vessels are in good operating order, everyone’s experience becomes safer.

Personal flotation devices for everyone on board is a must! Children under seven years old are required to wear a personal flotation device in a boat, but you are never too old to wear a life jacket! Life jackets are now lighter, less obtrusive, and more comfortable than ever before. The new inflatable life jackets allow mobility and flexibility for activities like boating, fishing, or paddling, and are much cooler in the warmer weather. There are many different varieties of inflatable jackets ranging from those that inflate instantly when submerged in the water to those that are manually inflated. Although not required by law, children playing along the shoreline or on a dock should wear a life jacket. A drowning can occur quickly, with little or no sign the victim is struggling. Life jackets save lives!

It is important for each boat operator to know the capabilities of their boat. Reducing your speed in unfamiliar areas and being aware of unusual water conditions respective to the size and type of boat you operate are just a couple of environmental considerations.

“Keep in mind that extended time in the sun and the constant motion of the water effects every vessel operator," said Colonel Karsten. "For your safety and that of the other boaters, recognize the dangers of boater fatigue. Stay alert while enjoying Missouri's lakes and rivers. Additionally, if you combine alcohol with boater fatigue your reaction time and thought process will be much slower. Please enjoy our state’s beautiful waterways, but designate a sober captain if you choose to consume alcohol.”

Other safe boating tips to be aware of include:

1) Be a defensive boat operator ... creating distance from other boats equals more reaction time.

2) Adjust your speed for the conditions ... if visibility is poor, or the water is rough, slow down!

3) Turn off the boat while passengers are entering/exiting the water.

4) If you will be out on the water after dark, check your navigation lights before you leave the dock or ramp.

5) Each boat operator is responsible for doing whatever they can to avoid an accident. Don’t expect other boats to move out of your way.

6) Be courteous with your wake.

Boaters are reminded to contact the Missouri State Highway Patrol by dialing *55 on a cellular phone if they need assistance or observe another boater operating a vessel in an unsafe manner.

Watercraft operators must consider the effect their actions have on others: Share the waterway and use common sense, good judgment, and courtesy to ensure the safety of all. Life jackets save lives. Wear It

Blood Drive Announcement - Adrian Optimist - May 8th

Retirement Reception at Miami School

USPS job opening in Appleton City

The Appleton City Post Office has a job opening for a City Carrier Assistant. 

 Apply online at Applications will be accepted 5/2/18 through 5/7/18. 

For more information contact Kathy Morlok, Postmaster at 660-476-5454.

Polk County man sentenced for child porn

A Humansville, Mo., man was sentenced in federal court today for receiving and distributing child pornography.

Christopher James Lane, 32, of Humansville, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge M. Douglas Harpool to 10 years in federal prison without parole.

On Aug. 31, 2017, Lane pleaded guilty to receiving and distributing child pornography between Sept. 13 and Sept. 15, 2016.

According to court documents, Lane came to the attention of law enforcement because his roommate observed child pornography on his cell phone. Investigators searched Lane’s cell phones and laptop computer and found hundreds of images of child pornography. Law enforcement also located animated child pornography, child erotica, and animated bestiality on the devices.

Lane’s collection, according to court documents, included animated child pornography (anime) that depicted animals having sexual intercourse with children featuring such characters as Inspector Gadget, Lilo and Stitch, and Scooby Doo.

The federal offense occurred after Lane had previously been under investigation for two separate instances of child molestation, at which time law enforcement officers located his Internet history revealing that Lane had logged onto child pornography websites.

This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ami Harshad Miller. It was investigated by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crime Task Force and the Polk County, Mo., Sheriff’s Department.

Project Safe Childhood

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit . For more information about Internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”

Boot Block for the Blevins Family this weekend

Saturday, May 5 from 8-12pm
Boot Block this Saturday to raise funds for trip to Mayo Clinic.

Raymond Blevins has Parkinson Disease. Family and the family is leaving May 19.

Boot blockers will be at Adrian, Passiac and Butler. Also bake sale at Conoco in Butler. Thank you!

Tonight's Severe Storms

Lingering thunderstorms may bring occasional rain to northern Missouri this morning, but the main show is expected to get going later this afternoon across central Kansas, with potentially severe thunderstorms moving across eastern Kansas and Missouri this evening. The focus for severe weather will be across northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri this evening, though there will be some severe threat for all locations as storms move through. 

Main threats will be from wind, hail, and flash flooding; but an isolated tornado cannot be ruled out tonight. Another round of storms is expected Thursday, with potentially more severe weather. But, there is good news! The weekend is looking really nice with highs Friday through Sunday in the 70s and low 80s, and only a fleeting chance of storms Sunday afternoon. So, start making those weekend plans!

Obituary - Charles Raymond "BUCK" Grosshart

Charles Raymond "BUCK" Grosshart, 77 of Adrian, Missouri died Tuesday, April 24 2018 at his home. Graveside Memorial Services will be 1:00 pm, Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Mullin Cemetery near Urich, Missouri.

Charles Raymond "BUCK" Grosshart was born March 8, 1941 in Bates County, Missouri the son of Orva Brien Grosshart and Dorothy Hooper Grooshart.

Buck Grew up in Ballard, Missouri before moving to Ruskin Heights, Amsterdam, Butler and Adrian. He attended school in Ballard and received a GED before serving in the United States Army. Buck worked as a mechanic at General Motors, Barr Motors and also owned his own mechanic shop. He attended the Cove Creek Christian Church. He was always a hard worker as well as a loving and caring person. Buck enjoyed working on race cars as well as driving them. He also enjoyed tractor pulls and working with horses. He played the guitar

Buck is survived by son Clint Grosshart and wife Brenda of Adrian; two daughters Monica Grosshart of Garden City, MO and Jill Grosshart of Harrisonville, MO. Buck was preceded in death by his parents, brother Jr. Grosshart, sister Sandra Persinger and daughter Charlene Grosshart.